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New Year's Resolutions

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Published: Jan 9, 2019

Save Money with Your New Year's Resolutions

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Self-improvement doesn’t have to be costly. Here are some common New Year’s resolutions and a few ways to help stay within budget.


If your resolution is to exercise more…

Gym memberships, fitness classes, and buying weights and equipment can add up. Consider alternative options, like free guided workouts available online or doing exercises that don’t require expensive equipment and use your own body weight as resistance. If you tend to get your steps in using a treadmill, try a new outdoor path instead. Some new scenery may even inspire you to walk further. You could also see if your local animal shelter needs volunteers to walk dogs. They need their exercise, too!


If your resolution is to eat healthier…

If you don’t like kale, don’t try to turn yourself into a person who eats kale with every meal. Buy fruits and vegetables you know you like in bulk. Prep meals you’ll actually be excited about eating and freeze them. You’ll likely save money, too! Cooking at home is typically cheaper than eating out and you’ll be less likely to splurge on fast food since you’ll always have food on hand.


If your resolution is to learn something new…

There are tons of apps and free resources for learning something new. Whether you’re trying to learn how to sew, how to sear a steak, or speak a new language, there is probably an app for that. Also, your local library likely has a multitude of free resources including books, audio books, and streaming services. Some libraries even have a “Library of Things” where you can “check out” a variety of things like musical instruments, board games, and telescopes.


If your resolution is to give back…

While many organizations certainly appreciate monetary donations, they also appreciate your time. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and meet likeminded people. Your time is valuable and can help make a significant impact in both your community and within yourself.